In general, a Premier League title winner does not lose too many games throughout a season en route to lifting the trophy.
For example, last season Man City only recorded four losses over the course of the entire campaign. Liverpool, in second, only had one loss in the whole season. Compare this to Tottenham’s 13 in the league, around one third of their games.
This kind of record simply isn’t good enough if Spurs want to bridge the gap between themselves and the top two in the country.
After a shock loss to Newcastle at home today, Tottenham have now lost as many games in the first three weeks of the season as Liverpool did in 38 last time out.
Spurs failed to create chances, failed to keep up sustained pressure, and most importantly failed to defend against Newcastle’s attacks.
Pochettino has now given a blunt and honest assessment of the events at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday (Football London): “I think it’s easy. We didn’t play well. Very disappointed with our performance and the result in the end. Again we conceded a very cheap goal in the first half and then it was difficult. They showed that they were very well organised with their defensive line and they were very compact. For us we weren’t capable of breaking down their organisation.
“We created some chances. Not too many, not enough to be honest. That is why we’re very disappointed with the performance and the result but we cannot justify our performance. We should be playing better, more desire, more capacity to be more aggressive in this type of game, because 80 per cent of possession is too much for only a few shots on target.”
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